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Top 10 wines in the British press

We round-up the top 10 wines featured in the press last weekend.

Trying to keep some sort of summer feeling going, Susy Atkins in the Sunday Telegraph wrote that: “Summer drinking trends may come and go, but kir, and its spritzy sister, kir royale, will always be popular on both sides of the Channel.”

“For a classic kir, mix about one fifth good-quality crème de cassis (the proper, powerful blackcurrant liqueur, mind, not blackcurrant syrup) with four fifths cold Burgundian white wine, usually a crisp Aligoté, or an unoaky Chablis.’

Victoria Moore in the Daily Telegraph came out in praise of Moscato. “The tipple of choice for Kanye West, Drake et al, Moscato also goes hand in hand with strawberries and summer afternoons,” her piece began.

Olly Smith in the Mail on Sunday championed the Côtes du Rhône in his column. “What you may not realise is just how superb recent vintages have become in France’s Rhône valley and what colossal value for money these reds currently offer,” he began.

In Smith’s wine news segment he reports on a launch of a new Garden Cellar for outdoor wine storage by Spiral Cellars.

Asda Cotes du Rhone 2011. (£3.79)



Olly Smith in the Mail on Sunday said of this wine, “Fragrant aromas and a simple tangy flavour, with some structure that dries the palate at the right level to pair with simple barbecue fare.


Gallo Family Vineyards Moscato 2011 California (Sainsbury’s, £6.79; Ocado, £6.99; Asda, £6.58)

Victoria Moore in the Daily Telegraph said, “Great goodness heavens: I haven’t done this before. Here’s a Gallo wine that I’d actually drink. Sweet but not sickly. Particularly fruity and a little bit thick for a Moscato, like a paper-bagful of pineapple chunks with orange flower water – but still very good. This is what a soft drink in a can would be if it were allowed to become a wine. No brain at all required to enjoy this.

Le Prieuré de Saint-Céols, Pierre Jacolin, Saint-Céols (Majestic, £9.99 for 20cl)


Susy Atkins in the Sunday Telegraph said: “Expensive stuff, but in a small, tall and attractive bottle that makes a lovely gift. Strong (20%) and with an intense, fresh flavour. Elixir of blackcurrant.”

 2011 Ramos Reserva, Alentejo. (buy 2 for £6.99, Majestic)


Terry Kirby in The Independent on Sunday said: “Bright, no-frills southern Portuguese blend full of berry and plum fruit with a twist of damsony acidity; just the ticket for the barbie.” 

 Jacob’s Creek Moscato 2011 Australia (Tesco, £7.49)



Victoria Moore in the Daily Telegraph said, “It tastes lighter and more floaty, a little bit more Moscato-ish. It’s not quite as sweet either (it has 55-65g per litre of residual sugar compared to the Gallo’s 73g/l) and comes in a bottle that has surely been designed in order to make you feel thirsty.

Gabriel Boudier, Dijon (Sainsbury’s £9.95 for 50cl, Wine Rack, £11.99)

Susy Atkins in the Sunday Telegraph said: “Boudier’s main brand is classic crème de cassis – an unctuous, sweetly aromatic and rich inky liqueur behind an iconic 19th-century decorative label; 16% alcohol.”

Elio Perrone Moscato d’Asti 2011 Italy (The Wine Society, £6.50)


Victoria Moore in the Daily Telegraph said, “This is the real deal and, yes, for the same price it is unquestionably better than the big brand, New World versions of Moscato: this wine is finer, more fragrant, lower in alcohol and somehow just more vinous. All sweet, fresh grapes, blessed with floral scents and the hauntingly delicate smell of white peaches.”

Védrenne Supercassis, Nuits-St-Georges (Waitrose, £8.50 for 50cl)

Susy Atkins in the SundayTelegraph said, “The style of Védrenne’s version is somewhat more peppery and tart than the Boudier, so take your pick according to taste; 15% alcohol.”

 Eclipse Riesling 2011, Chile. (£7.99, M&S)


Olly Smith said in the Mail on Sunday, “This refreshing Riesling is as sexy as hell. Exotic flavours flushed with lime zing, and a cleanliness and purity that’s excellent paired with oysters.

2010 Nicolas Rossignol Bourgogne Pinot Noir. (£14.95 at Lea & Sandeman)


Terry Kirby in The Independent on Sunday wrote: “A village red Burgundy with succulence of cherry fruit with no overt interference of oak. “

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